U.S. Seeks to Prevent Islamic State From Looting, Selling or Destroying Antiquities
Islamic State’s operations involve more than murder, mayhem and destruction of valuable artifacts in the Middle East. The group is also profiting from looted antiquities.
United States officials are redoubling their efforts to protect ancient works of art. In a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8, professors and government representatives including State Department officials gathered to discuss the security of Middle East antiquities. While Islamic State is known to destroy large cultural antiquitiesto attract media attention (such as the public destruction of the Temple of Bel in Syria), the group also engages in the trafficking of antiquities to fund its operations. – READ MORE